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Tyler Museum of Art hires new executive director

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TYLER (KYTX) - The Tyler Museum of Art is welcoming a new executive director, Christopher M Leahy. The Board of Trustees unanimously selected Leahy among 80 applicants during a nation wide search. Leahy will begin working with TMA mid-July. 

The TMA says they are confident that they have chosen the candidate with the right combinations of administrative expertise, artistic sensibility and bold vision to lead the non-profit organization into the future. 

Leahy has more than 30 years of leadership and management experience. Most recently, he was the vice president for finance and administration at The Mariner's Museum in Newport News, Virginia.

His previous leadership roles include positions as CFO and chief administrative officer at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design and director of finance at The Phillips Collection, both in Washington, D.C. Prior to moving into nonprofit leadership, he was the CFO of an Alexandria-based for-profit defense consulting firm.

Leahy spent 21 years of active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army, a career which culminated in the post of senior program and budget officer for the Department of Defense Counter-Drug Program at The Pentagon before he retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1993.

He holds an MBA in finance from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, a BA in history from the University of Delaware, and completed the certificate in accounting program at the University of Virginia.

Leahy and his wife Victoria, a native of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, have three adult children and a granddaughter.


The TMA is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; the Museum is closed Mondays and most major holidays. The TMA is supported by its Members and Tyler Junior College. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit www.tylermuseum.org.

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